Wine for your weekend – Two for one Rieslings

What wine do you serve when you’re picking something to please a crowd? Not everyone is a red wine drinker, so white seems to be a safer option. But among the red wine drinkers, white wines can come off as too sweet or syrupy. A classic chardonnay might be a good bet, but some people don’t like too much oak or “butter,” and while champagne is classic, it’s not great in every situation.

My crowd pleasing wine of choice is a Riesling, and while you can certainly find Rieslings that would be far too sweet for dry red wine lovers, there are a whole host of Rieslings that fit in the semi-dry category that are light bodied, dry enough for the red wine lover, just enough fruit and juiciness for the white wine lover, with low acidity and tannins that make them highly lovable and drinkable.

For this week’s Bachelorette Finale, I picked two Rieslings, one for each night of our viewing party. Admittedly, while Riesling is my go to for a group wine, I picked these two particular Rieslings because of their interesting bottle designs. But the wine inside those bottles did not disappoint. If you’re looking for a cool, refreshing, end of summer wine that’s not flashy, complicated, or expensive, these two choices are sure to satisfy!

Bree RieslingFirst up is Bree Riesling which wins the night for looking more like a bottle of liquor than a bottle of wine. Light and crisp flavors of green apple and lime dominate the palette, though the wine is not particularly tart or acidic. It’s not overly sweet or too dry, and is very refreshing when well chilled. I’d say it’s a great patio wine, though we were obviously inside on finale night. I’ll be adding this one into our wine rack rotation, particularly as summer winds down. One of the wine makers recommended pairing is Asian food, and we paired it with dumplings and sticky noodles for dinner, which worked great. It also flowed well with dessert later. In truth, it would probably work with just about anything, and at $11, the price is right to try it again and again.

Image result for clear night rieslingNight two’s bottle of choice was Clear Night Riesling.  From the same region as Bree Riesling, Clear Night featured many of the same fruit notes, and was again balanced by a slight crispness that was neither too sweet nor too dry, though of the two, this one was slightly sweeter than the Bree. This may be the “juicy notes of pear” referred to in the official tasting notes. We didn’t bring this one out until after dinner, so it paired with our Trader Joe’s Windmill Cookies and sea salt caramels just fine. I imagine Asian cuisine would work well again, and the cool crispness would off set spicy Mexican quite nicely as well. Another great patio sipper, a bottle of this at your end of summer get together is sure to delight!


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

10 thoughts on “Wine for your weekend – Two for one Rieslings

  1. Wine to please a crowd? Not a hope unless you’re in a region of France and “local” is everything. Try to serve an Aussie Chardonnay, a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or a California Pinot Noir and you’d be lucky to escape alive. So, internationally? A Pinot Noir plus a Shiraz, a Sauvignon Blanc plus a Chardonnay. All bases covered…. except by country and terroir!

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      1. That’s why we love these two wines. They’re the two that everyone drinks. Red lovers (and most of us are), white lovers. These two choices always end up empty!

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      2. That we do. We’ve chatted before about our blind wine tasting dinner parties, and I recommend new bottles every week. Sometimes, an old favorite is a welcome friend on the patio after a long day though!

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      3. Not a battle at all. These just happened to be two good wines that everyone enjoyed. Not reflective of my entire taste and/or knowledge of wine. That was it. Was it cerebral? Not particularly. They were good wines that everyone liked, and I’d encourage others to try them.


  2. Yes! I love Reisling! I think it’s a safe bet as well! I’ve hosted get togethers and the reds are not drank. I think more people like reisling than they want to admit. I haven’t tried these two so I’m going to give them a shot. Thanks for the recommendation!


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